Conca de Barberà wine region

Conca de Barberà
This is a small but significant region in Catalonia that ought to be better known, given that two of Spain’s grandest and most expensive wines hail from here: the Torres flagships Milmanda Chardonnay and Grans Muralles red.
This landlocked region lies inland of the Tarragona DO, about 25 kilometres north of the coastal city of Tarragona itself.  Further inland still is Costers del Segre, while to the east, adjoining Tarragona, is the large DO of Penedès.  The region’s limestone soils distinguish it from its neighbours, and it was these that attracted Penedès-based Torres.
At around 500 metres up, nights and winters are cold, but the proximity of the Mediterranean allows sea breezes to ameliorate the hot summer days.  Much of the vineyards here are planted with white varieties destined for Cava, which has its own DO and so doesn’t bear the Conca de Barberà name.  The Cava wineries cluster around Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in Penedès, so Conca de Barberà has relatively few wineries of its own.
Still whites are made largely from the Cava varieties Macabeo and Parellada, but Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have a significant presence too.  Rather less production is red, but these are gaining in importance.  Garnacha and Tempranillo (known here as Ull de Llebre) are most planted, aided by a smattering of indigenous varieties like the red-skinned Trepat which is used for rosés and light reds.  International varieties like Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are also significant, though less so than in Penedès.

Decanting Club wines from: Conca de Barberà

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